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Better Lucky Than Good

Topic: Wisdom                                                                                              Printer Friendly
Source: “Man finds $20 on the street, spends it on $1M winning lottery ticket” by The Associated Press, August 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM
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Hubert Tang had not purchased a lottery ticket in 10 years. But when he found a $20 bill lying on the street, he decided to see how far his good luck might take him. So he bought two scratch-off tickets. While still standing just outside the store, he scratched them and then he turned to the friend who was with him and said, “I think I just won a million dollars!”

Tang now looks forward to spreading his good fortune. He intends to leave $20 bills in random locations for others to find.
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Ambiguous Wedding Dress Color Causes Internet Stir

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Topic: Relativism
Scripture: Judges 17:6; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25
Source: “THE SCIENCE OF WHY NO ONE AGREES ON THE COLOR OF THIS DRESS” by Adam Rogers for Science on Wired.com, 2/26/15
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There’s no doubt you saw it AND that you had an opinion on it—the viral pic of a wedding dress—is it white and gold or blue and black? That question taunted the internet and social media for days.

It all began when a mother-of-the-bride sent a pic to the bride and groom of the dress she planned to wear to her daughter’s wedding. They were confounded. The bride saw the dress as white and gold; the groom saw it as blue and black. Before the feud could threaten their upcoming nuptials, they posted the pic to Facebook and solicited the opinions of their friends to end the debate.

Alas, it only ignited even greater debate. Within hours, the pic had gone viral and, it seemed, the entire world was debating the issue. People standing in the same room, at the same time, saw the dress as different colors. What’s more, some saw the dress as white and gold one minute, then as blue and black the next.

Color perception experts soon began weighing in on the phenomenon.

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Stealing Baby Jesus

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Topic: Christmas
Scripture: Colossians 1:12-18
Source: Tracking Systems Direct
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NBC News:

When Baby Jesus disappeared … from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him. A GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.

Giving up on old-fashioned padlocks and trust, a number of churches, synagogues, governments and ordinary citizens are turning to technology to protect holiday displays from pranks or prejudice.

It’s a sign of the times. Holiday display theft is on the rise, and Baby Jesus is a particularly common target.

  • At First United Methodist Church in Kittanning, PA., a baby Jesus was stolen and replaced with a pumpkin.
  • In Eureka Springs, AK., someone who took off with a plastic baby Jesus from a public display, as well as the concrete block and chain that was supposed to keep it locked down.
  • In Meridian Hills, IN, a couple stole the figurine, and then led police on a high-speed chase in an effort to keep their loot.
  • A parishioner of a Brooklyn church prayed that whoever stole the Baby Jesus from a $1,700 Nativity scene dedicated to his late parents would have the heart to return it.

Sensing the opportunity, reports NBC News, security companies have increasingly started rolling out products and special seasonal contracts specifically designed to address the threat. “We have seen a growing number of cities and homeowners simply frustrated with holiday theft and vandalism, and that is the primary reason behind the increased use of GPS theft recovery systems during the holidays,” explained a Tracking System Direct specialist.

Application:

“Stealing” Jesus isn’t just a “seasonal” threat.

Everyday, whether at the hands of false religions, pseudo-Christian cults, false prophets, or even secular humanists and atheists, Jesus is being plucked from his place of prominence in the Gospel message.

Materialists and commercialists pluck him from the center of the Christmas season and replace Him with Santas and sleighs and gifts and gadgets galore.

Secular humanists and atheists rob Him of His divinity, reducing Him to mere human, or worse yet, mythical status.

Take whatever security measures are necessary to keep Jesus in your Christmas this holiday season, giving Him, in all His glory, His place of preeminence.

“Giving thanks unto the Father … Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:12-18, KJV).

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Young Heroine Creates a Bridge to Safety

Printer FriendlyTopic: Sacrifice
Scripture: Luke 22:19
Source: “As Sewol crew is scorned, young worker hailed as heroine” by Madison Park and Stella Kim, published CNN, Wed April 23, 2014
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In the aftermath of one of the most tragic ferry accidents in recent history, a story of heroism and selfless sacrifice is beginning to take shape. It’s the story of a young woman, Park Jee Young, just 22 years old.

Two years ago, after the death of her father, Park dropped out of college to help support her family. She took a job with a ferry company, and was just recently promoted to serve on the ill-fated Korean ferry, the Sewol, which sank off the coast of South Korea last week (April 16, 2014).

The ferry was carrying 476 people, most of them high school students from the Danwon High School in Ansan City. The students were on a class trip to a nearby resort island. After initial search and rescue attempts, more than 300 of the passengers are either dead or missing and presumed dead.

While nearly half of the ferry’s 22 crew members have been arrested in connection with negligence and dereliction of duty, Park gave her life to save as many passengers as possible. CNN reports:

By witness accounts [she] helped passengers escape and distributed life jackets — one after the other to students — as the stricken ferry began to sink. When she ran out of jackets, she ran to the next floor to grab more. When she was asked why she wasn’t wearing a life jacket, Park said that crew members would be last and that she had to help others first …

Even more amazingly, it was her quick thinking and assessment of the gravity of the situation which led so many to safety.

In an interview with CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, survivors described the scene and her actions. They recounted how the severe listing of the ship nearly immediately turned walls into floors. Passengers were panicked and disoriented. A large, open door now created a gaping hole in the new “floor,” and it was too wide for passengers to safely step or jump over it. One crew member was lying on the floor nearby, grasping a mic and instructing passengers to stay put, and telling them they would be fine if they just stayed where they were.

Park instinctively knew that staying put was not an option. Witnesses say she grabbed some keys from her fellow crewman and forced the door shut, then locked it to be sure it stayed that way. She then led nearly 50 desperate passengers across it, creating, as one grateful survivor described it, a “bridge to safety.” She was standing right by the exit, he said, yet she refused to save herself, insisting that the needs of the passengers came first.

Alongside the flowers at her memorial is a simple message, “We will always remember your sacrifice.”

Application:

Jesus is our “bridge to safety.” While the whole world was saying stay put and everything will be fine, He realized the gravity of the situation and took action. He knew that staying put in our separation from God was not an option, so He gave His life to close the gap between us and God. Like Park Jee Young, He put himself last in order to save as many as possible.

Just as Park Jee Young’s family “will always remember [her] sacrifice,” we are called to perpetually remember Jesus’ sacrifice each time we gather at the Lord’s Table to observe communion.

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

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